class5_bannerWelcome to Class 5. We are Year 5 and 6 children and Miss Randall is our teacher. She is brilliantly supported by Mr Macklin, Miss Wilkins and Mrs Wilde.

In Year 5 and 6 we work hard but make time for plenty of fun along the way…

In Year 5 and 6, we become really responsible as we have a lot of important jobs to do around the school. We deliver the fruit and milk to all the children, set up the hall for assemblies and make sure that everyone has the correct lunch band for lunchtime! Some of us are also fitness leaders and every breaktime we help the children at Slimbridge to get fitter and healthier. We like to keep busy!

Class 5 Blog

Jeans for Genes Day

Friday 22nd September is Jeans for Genes Day.

Children can wear jeans to school for a donation of £1.00 which goes towards research into genetic disorders.

Some children in class 5 will be doing a presentation about the cause in the Friday afternoon assembly.

There will also be a whole school cake sale to raise funds for the school.

Autumn in Class 5

Dear Parents and children,

Welcome to the Autumn term in Class 5.

Here is an overview of what we’ll be learning about.



Reading remains a huge focus in Class 5 and this term we’ll be enjoying a variety of different books – our first being The Nowhere Emporium by Ross Mackenzie. This is a truly magical novel which will take us all to imaginary worlds filled with danger and mystery! Watch this space for examples of how we’ll use this book to enhance our writing and vocabulary!

Please feel free to ask if you would like any good book recommendations – all the children in Class 5 will be very happy to help!


There are so many opportunities for writing in Class 5. We’ll be using class books to give us themes for our writing such as newspaper articles, advertisements, persuasive writing and letters. Wherever possible, the children are encouraged to use their own imagination to write creative stories.

Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation

SPaG is incorporated into all that we do and is also taught discretely each morning. We focus on different spellings each week – not only from the Key Y5/6 word lists, but also interesting words we come across in our reading. In our morning sessions, we practise punctuation and use the use of correct grammar.

If you would like to see our learning objectives or word lists for SPaG, please let me know.



In the Autumn term, we spend a lot of time revisiting Place Value and ensuring that our children continue to have a good grasp of number. This term we will specifically focus on the following:

  • Reading, writing and ordering numbers to 10,000,000
  • Rounding numbers and using negative numbers in everyday contexts
  • Developing secure addition and subtraction written methods
  • Common factors, prime numbers, multiplication tables and number patterns
  • Mental Arithmetic skills
  • x by 10, 100, 100 and 10,000

We use a variety of equipment to support children’s learning throughout maths – even in Year 6!

We also have a huge focus on the development of mental arithmetic skills and helping children build speed and confidence to solve problems quickly.



In Class 5, we try and make special time for scientific investigations. These help children develop thinking skills and promotes questioning and group work. These are often stand-alone investigations.

This term we will be learning about: Living things and their habitats, Animals and Humans

  • classify living things into broad groups according the observable features
  • Understanding how different living things reproduce, including plants
  • Understanding the lifecycles of different living things.
  • identify and name main parts of the human circulatory system
  • describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood
  • understand the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on how the body functions
  • describe how nutrients and water are transported within animals and humans


Our topic this term will include a little bit of History and Geography combined together!

We are investigating our local area  – specifically the history surrounding the Sharpness Canal and thinking of how it must have changed from the past. We’ll be looking at maps of the area and learning to read them too. We’ll also look at the dangers of the River Severn and will hopefully welcome SARA (Severn Area Rescue Association) into school to talk about the importance of water safety.

As you can see, we have a lot to learn. If anyone has any expertise in any of the areas above, you are very welcome to come and help us is you wish!

Year 5 and 6 enrichment day

On Monday 18th September, our Year 5 and 6 children will be participating in some enrichment activities.

Year 6 will be spending the day at South Cerney Outdoor Education Centre with other Year 6 children from our cluster. They will be enjoying lots of interesting water sports activities and interacting with new children. What a great day it will be!

Year 5 will be going on a 6 mile mini-trek from Slimbridge to the Purton hulks. All Year 5s will be getting together to bond with each other whilst learning about the Sharpness canal. On the way home, we’ll be picking blackberries whilst we wander along! We are expecting another great day!

Dates for your Diaries!

Dear Parents,

The last few weeks of the academic year are slowly creeping up on us all.

There are a number of events scheduled for the last few weeks which may apply to you.

These dates are detailed below for your information and are also on our website’s calendar.

  • Monday 12th June – Friday 16th June – Year 5 children will be completing Bikeability. This is ongoing all week.
  • Monday 12th June – Class 4 to Redwood.
  • Wednesday 21st June – SPORT’S DAY – 1:30pm at Slimbridge Recreation Ground
  • Friday 23rd June – INSET DAY. Only teachers at school.
  • Mon 26th June – Wed 28th June – The Y6s are away at South Cerney on their camping trip.
  • Thursday 29th June – STEP UP MORNING. All children will visit their new teachers and classes.
  • Friday 30th June – Parents are all invited to their child’s classes for a maths calculation morning from 9 – 10am.
  • Wednesday 5th July – Class 5 on a trip to Cheltenham Everyman Theatre.
  • Thursday 6th and Friday 7th July – DRAMA CLUB – whole day rehearsals at the Village Hall for The Lion King.
  • Tuesday 11th July – THE LION KING – Morning dress rehearsal at the Village Hall and performance to the whole school.
  • Wednesday 12th July – THE LION KING – Matinee performance for parents. 1:30pm at the Village Hall
  • Thursday 13th July – THE LION KING – Evening performance for parents and family. 6pm at the Village Hall
  • Friday 14th July – STEP UP MORNING – all children to visit their new classes. Year 6 to REDNOCK.



Year 6 SPaG Revision Quizzes

Our class are SPaGtastically GREAT at grammar!

For a little bit of last minute grammar cramming, why not dust off your SPaG halo and visit the following SPaG quizzes:

SPAG quiz